Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Justine Bateman, Noah Baumbach, Peter Bogdanovich, Andrea Bowen, Dean Cameron
Director: Noah Baumbach
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Better than Mr Jealousy - not as good as Kicking &Screaming
M. D Sadowsky | Oxford, OH | 08/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If possible, view this on DVD - you'll want to cue up several different scenes. Yes. The lighting is poor, the acting is hurried, the set is something from an old high school musical (probably from Western NY). It was filmed in a week - don't kill the messenger. Nonetheless, if it's 1 am, and you can't sleep - THIS is the movie to watch. Don't expect 'Caddyshack', or 'Old School'- some parts ARE hysterical, but its humor is subtle (particularly the mannerisms of certain characters, plot holes that aren't explained, etc) - which is precisely why one can view it over and over again.
NOTE: If for no other reason - you must see this film, for the scene of the two giant lizards conversing over work at the Halloween party. Never on celluloid has the "F" word been so prefectly placed.
He's like some kind of mad genius.
Robert Nelson | Hollywood, CA | 11/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Noah Baumbach....is brilliant. I have to start off by saying that if you've seen Highball...hopefully you looked past the sloppy editing. I'm sure that's why NB, Carlos and Chris took their names off of the project...but this movie is hilarious. It's quite possibly better than Mr. Jealousy, but of course doesn't hold a candle to K&S. The humor is so fast paced that you have to watch this movie a few times to catch all the jokes, as is the way with all of NB's movies. There is rarely a dull moment and NB gets to show us that he's also a brilliant actor as well as a writer/director. Although Eigeman didn't appear a whole lot...he still got the job done. Carlos was absolutely perfect in a role turned 180 degrees in the likes of Otis...or Vince even. Can you name me five of the best movies of all time?! DING! Ummm...K&S...Mr. Jealously...Highball...Um....Days of Wine and Monkeys...John Grisham's The Monkey..."
Bizarre, but quite funny
Robert Wellen | CHICAGO, IL USA | 12/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big NB fan. THis movie, with it's awful edits, still manages to be entertaining. It isn't nearly as good as his other two films, but still kept me glued to the TV for 75 minutes. The guest shots are fantastic, particularly the Ally Sheedy ones. Christopher Eigeman, my favorite actor, deserved a better part, but Carlos Jacott is terrific. Baumbach himself gives an enjoyable performance. THe movie is all about dialogue and much of it is inspired. If you are new to Noah Baumbach's work, go get Kicking and Screamin and then Mr. Jealousy. This film is really best for fans, and curious viewers. I'm awaiting Noah's next film with great hopes."
More fore Kicking and Screaming fans!
skipmccoy | Los Angeles, CA USA | 09/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Listen up Kicking and Screaming(and Mr. Jealousy) fans! Noah Baumbach has not let us down yet, and this film is no exception. it has all of his trademark dialogue and characters. It also has a lot of his cast regulars-Eric Stoltz, Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott. Annabella Sciorra returns and so does Dean Cameron(yes! ). It also has 80s goddesses Justine Bateman, Rae Dawn Chong and Ally Sheedy! Plus Peter Bogdanovich(who was pretty good in Mr. Jealousy)! This film did not get much of a theatrical release, but thank god it's finally available to be ordered on dvd! Noah Baumbach is really a can't miss type writer-director for those of us who like his films-just order it!"